Boston Public Health Commission appoints new Executive Director
An infectious disease doctor from Brigham and Women’s Hospital will head the Boston Public Health Commission, replacing an executive director who delayed his retirement during the pandemic.
The city health council unanimously approved Dr Bisola Ojikutu to be the executive director of the health commission.
She is currently an associate physician in the Division of Global Health Equity and the Division of Infectious Diseases at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and an assistant professor of medicine and assistant professor of global and social medicine at Harvard Medical School, according to the city.
She will take up this new position on September 1, when Interim Executive Director Rita Nieves retires.
Nieves, who guided the Health Commission through the coronavirus pandemic, had a big helping hand at an event hosted by Acting Mayor Kim Janey when Janey announced the change.
“I am delighted that Boston has found an infectious disease physician with extensive experience in public health, leadership and advocacy to lead the BPHC,” Janey said in a statement.
The city touted Ojikutu’s “vast experience in leading and developing programs to address barriers to inequalities and the social determinants of health.”
In the statement, Ojikutu said she was “excited” about the opportunity and said she would work to “achieve equity in health.”